The world opens up to you if you actually learn how to deal with being a newcomer. Trekking is the second to none. It can be tiring and exhausting as most treks are touted to be. But that does not necessarily mean they won’t be thrilling and memorable for beginners. If you keep a few things in mind and are resolved enough, a trek can do wonders for one’s poise and endurance. Only if you swear by these handy tips, your first trek can be one of many that you will go for, in a lifetime. Read on to find out what these are!
Go for an easy trek
As a beginner, you shouldn’t go for tough treks as they’re usually intended for the experts and veterans. Deciding on an easy trek will be a good move for you to enjoy it to the fullest. The Indian Himalayas are a fantastic and inexpensive trekking option. If you do not have all of the equipment, a tea house trek in the Nepal Himalayas is most likely be the most cost-effective trekking option for you.
Go for an organized trekking tour
It won’t be a wise idea to go for a trek alone for the first time. There are many tour agencies which regularly plan treks of varied adventure degrees. Opt for a trek which doesn’t long for than 5 days. This would furnish you enough time to enjoy the trek with not much toll and exertion being taken on you. Also, it’s your liability to inform the trek manager if you’ve any medical problems. An organized trekking agency also takes care of your stuff (luggage etc), since they typically carry hired porters & horses to carry them and tent kitchens for cooking.
Go for a medical check-up
Before for a trek, a medical checkup must top your to-do list. While trekking, most trekkers suffer from a cough, cold, stomach upset, etc. If you prone to any such disorders, start regulating your diets and carry required medicines. You should also know to deal with any such extremity and aware of any instant relief trick. After you have done research on climate and the location which you may experience during the trek, start planning and collecting things that you may need during the trek.
Getting physically ready
A little bit of workout, involving light exercise, cycling and a morning jog will prepare you well for the upcoming trek. It will boost your confidence and make you physically suitable to climb mountains.
The thumb rule emphasizes on carrying light weighed articles during the trek. Whether or not you opt for a trekking agency, there are few knacks that you should be aware of.
- Food – Packaged items like instant noodles, dry fruits, muesli, granola bars, instant coffee etc. are a few things occupying less space and are high on energy quotient.
- Medical kit – Make a small kit comprising painkillers, bandages, and high altitude sickness tablets should be taken. If you are taking a specific set of meds, do carry them.
- Clothing – The clothes should be as per the climatic conditions of the trekking location. Pack multi-pocketed cargos and cotton tees. A single warm/fleece jacket & wool muffler generally go the long way and are enough for a trek of 4-5 days. A pair of sturdy shoes is also a must-have.
- Others – A swiss knife, matchbox, torch, compass, rope, scissors, insect repellents, toiletries & trash bags must also be carried.
Get acclimatized to the climate
Once you reach your destination, do not start right away. Take a day or two to acclimatize well with the change in climate and temperature. High altitudes have their own way of testing trekkers, which won’t rub you the right way if you start too early. The trekking organizers usually stick to this norm when they start.
Rent an equipment
As a beginner, it is advisable that you rent an equipment for your first trek. A sleeping bag and a tent usually comprise an equipment. Also, it is readily available in the most trekking locations. You should risk purchasing an equipment only when you become a seasoned trekker.
A trekking expedition might not be a cake walk for a beginner but if prepared the right away, it is also not one of the toughest things on earth. In India, Uttaranchal, Himachal and Sikkim boast highly of numerous trekking destinations. However, the tips given above would benefit equally for an international trek for that matter. I hope this puts all your whims & quirks at rest. Start planning!